Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) said it showcased the chemical industry's contributions to sustainable development and the green economy at a panel discussion held 19 June at the United Nations conference on sustainable development (Rio+20).
The ICCA panel, which featured industry leaders as well as key stakeholders from government and labour organisations, underscored the role of the chemical industry in enabling society to meet pressing global needs, according to an ICCA news release.
At the panel discussion, ICCA highlighted one of its key priorities at Rio+20-advancing and strengthening SAICM, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, the preferred international forum for making progress toward the 2020 goal for safer chemicals management.
"Since the first Earth Summit in 1992, the chemical industry has played an essential and integrated role in delivering solutions that enable inclusive and greener economies," said ICCA president Andrew Liveris, ceo of Dow Chemical Co.
He added, "Today, more than 20 years later, our industry is a proactive participant at Rio+20, highlighting innovations, technologies and processes that are applied around the world, every day, delivering on the promise of sustainability and made possible only through the application of chemistry."
ICCA also released its new report, ICCA and Sustainability: The Global Chemical Industry's Contributions to Sustainable Development and the Green Economy, at Rio+20.